Foodie Friday: Southwest Eggplant Fries

Happy Foodie Friday!! Today I have a flavorful, easy, and quick recipe for you that would be a great change of pace to the traditional fry. These Southwest Eggplant Fries are gluten free, vegan, and basically tastes like a taco party in your mouth. You are welcome in advance, my friends! Although I love me some potatoes, this was a nice change from the norm. Don’t you ever just like to mix things up? I hope you make these soon and share it with me on Instagram! Now…enough with the chatting, let’s get on to these fries! 

Southwest Eggplant Fries (Serves 4)

Southwest Eggplant Fries Ingredients

Ingredients:

  • 1 Eggplant
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 Teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Onion Powder
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Cumin
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Chili Powder
  • Salt & Pepper to taste

Directions:

  • Preheat the oven to 425 Degrees.
  • Cut eggplant in to fry shapes. I cut the top off, cut the entire eggplant in half, and cut fry shapes out from half eggplant. You may also choose to peel eggplant if you think skin is too chewy.
  • Place fries in to a medium mixing bowl and add all ingredients to bowl. Mix to combine and add salt and pepper to taste.
  • Place fries in a single layer on parchment lined baking sheet.

Southwest Eggplant fries bake

  • Bake 30 minutes until eggplant has crisped slightly along the edges and is soft in the middle. Be sure to flip eggplant after 15 minutes of cooking.

Southwest Eggplant Fries baked

  • Enjoy!

Southwest Eggplant Fries Plated

  • I enjoyed mine with a veggie burger topped with guacamole over some sauteed bell pepper, onion, and mushrooms. I dipped the eggplant in to ketchup like fries and it was yummy! 

I hope that you have a wonderful weekend and that come Monday you feel fabulously rested and ready to take on the week! I’ll be going to a concert on Saturday and a lunch on Sunday with family and friends. Until Monday, happy fry making! 

Weekend plans? Favorite non-potato fry? Favorite kind of potato?

Tell me in the comments below!

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12 thoughts on “Foodie Friday: Southwest Eggplant Fries

  1. This is such good timing! I was shopping the other day with my hubby and the eggplants were sooooo cheap so I asked him what we could make with eggplant and literally the only thing either of us could come up with is eggplant parmesan haha

    • haha! Glad I could be of service! I also love to peel the skin and dice eggplant and add it to pasta or stir fry it with rice!

    • Thanks, Jessica! Oh yes I’m looking forward to the olympics too! Thats such a fun party idea! I wish I could come over and eat your global fun foods!

    • Thanks, Alyssa! I’ve been loving it lately too! Yes, I’m looking forward to the olympics too! Have a great time in Boston!

    • Thanks, Tara! Yes, I love fries too. I probably slice up and bake sweet potato fries 1-2 per week. Definitely a delicious favorite! Eggplant was a fun way to change things up though!

  2. Oooo how clever! I feel like I never have good luck with eggplant and every time I try to bake with it they just get super soggy!? But I’m definitely not done trying. And I love me a good fry. No matter what its made of.

    • Yes, I think the key for me was using less olive oil than I thought necessary and baking it longer than I thought I should haha

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